St. Paul A series of road checks, conducted by the Minnesota DNR, found many boats and trailers clean of harmful aquatic plants and animals such as Eurasian watermilfoil or zebra mussels.
State conservation officers recently conducted exotic species/aquatic plant transportation road checks near Baudette checking 85 vehicles during a two-day period. Algae was discovered on two trailers, but no exotic species were detected and no aquatic plants were confirmed. An exotic species road check of 187 vehicles near Anoka resulted in only 16 warnings issued for small amounts of vegetation on boats and trailers.
Minnesota is currently home to numerous exotic plants and animals. Some of these have been determined to be detrimental to native flora and fauna. In an effort to control these species state law prohibits the transportation of selected species of plants and animals.